Poultry Merger

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tiggervis, May 30, 2011.

  1. tiggervis

    tiggervis Hatching

    May 16, 2010
    We have 4 very happy hens and are considering adding 2-4 more hens to increase egg production. We want to get full grown hens instead of chicks because we only have the one coop. What are the potential issues we will face in attempting to merge chickens from different flocks?


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  2. Ms.Frizzle

    Ms.Frizzle Songster

    Apr 15, 2011
    Disease transmitting and a few spats to organize a new pecking order.
  3. tiggervis

    tiggervis Hatching

    May 16, 2010
    Thanks for the 411! Nothing that can't be overcome, so we can now seriously consider growing our poultry family.
  4. poseygrace

    poseygrace Songster

    Apr 29, 2011
    Definitely separate the newbies for awhile, maybe a week, just in case there is a disease or other problem. I have used a large dog kennel to do that if you don't have another coop. I put a blanket over it at night (it was winter) and left it on my back porch so I could keep an eye on it. After you are sure they aren't sickly, move the kennel (or whatever you are using) inside the run with your four existing hens. Leave them there for at least a day or two so they can see each other but not get in fights. Then you can turn them loose, but monitor them really closely to make sure no one is getting picked on. There will be some running around and pecking for a few days/weeks as they establish a new pecking order, but as long as no one is getting hurt, it will be OK. Good luck!
  5. ReikiStar

    ReikiStar Songster

    Standard quarantine is 30 days. Viruses and diseases often take any where from a week to two weeks to show up. Go with 30 days and save yourself future heartache.

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